Saturday, 3 November 2012

I Think I'll Just Stay On Daylight Savings Time



Apparently it’s almost time to switch our clocks back, and I couldn’t be more unprepared.  I realized this after reading this post by fellow blogger, Dani at Cloudy, With A Chance of Wine. Dani describes how
 she has gradually been moving her daughter’s schedule later and later over the past month. Smart thinking.

I, on the other hand have done nothing to prepare my daughter for the adjustment. This experience is completely new to me- at this time last year, my daughter was a newborn, and a “schedule” was the furthest thing from my mind.  Now, my daughter is old enough to have a consistent schedule, but not old enough to understand that 6:00 am “old time” equals  5:00am “new time”  (ie. Way too early to be awake).  

Prior to having a baby, the end of Daylights Savings Time meant an extra hour of sleep. Amazing.  Back in my teenage years, the end of daylight savings time meant an extra hour to party and a later curfew. Equally amazing. 

But things are different now and I’m less than thrilled about starting my day sometime around 5 am tomorrow.  

I really really REALLY don’t want to switch the clocks back.

So I’m thinking I just won’t.

Would boycotting the return to “real time” really be so terrible? Think of the benefits:

I would be an hour early for every appointment. As every parent knows, getting out of the house with a baby can be quite the ordeal, and often causes frenzy, tardiness, and mismatched socks.

But not anymore.

I would get an extra hour of sunlight each afternoon, which in my opinion would do wonders for combating the winter blahs. (It might kind of suck to be in complete darkness every day until lunch time, but I’m choosing to ignore that aspect).

Then, of course, there’s the most obvious benefit which is that when spring rolls around, my daughter and I will already be on Daylight Savings Time, and I won’t have to re-work her sleep schedule.

So, it’s decided.  I’m going to just stay on daylight savings time.

Who’s with me?

22 comments:

  1. I honor your spirit of independence, but I'll be setting my clock back.

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    1. As you should since your babies are grownups!

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  2. wish I could do the same...but the kids' school wouldn't agree with me! :D It is a good idea for moms with very small kids!!

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    1. Riiiiight. School. Forgot about that.

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  3. As the WHOLE family was up this morning at 5am, I'm with you. Should we make up some kind of badge or something to let people know we're holding out?

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    1. Excellent plan. Are you going to design said badge, or am I?

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  4. There are lots of people who agree with you and never change their clocks. Hawaiians are one said group. We should all move to Hawaii :)

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    1. And Saskatchewan too, I think. Although the weather in Hawaii is slightly more appealing.

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  5. So over DST!! I'll join your coup, Laura. Where do I sign up?

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  6. I agree! But I think my employer might have a slight problem with it. :o(

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    1. Well your employer probably won't mind when you show up an hour early, but they may be slightly less impressed when you leave an hour early.

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  7. Thanks again for the link back to my blog!!!

    Sooooooo, how did it go today???!

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  8. The whole day has been spent thinking, but is it really an hour earlier? Should I be on the old schedule or the new? $#%&, now my kids are napping/eating/going to bed at some ungodly hour?! I feel like I'm in a time warp. Gah!!!

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    1. So confusing, right? If we can't even figure it out, how can we expect children to adjust?

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  9. Just move on over to Saskatchewan. We never change our clocks here :)

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    1. I had heard that, Shayna. The rest of the country could learn a lot from you guys. I think there are a few states that don't have DST as well.

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  10. What a great idea!

    But, seriously, I have never prepared for it. I just deal with it when it comes, like ripping off a bandaid. It's just an hour.

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  11. not a fan of this time change at all!! waaah!

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